Argi and the “Tokharians”

  title={Argi and the “Tokharians”},
  author={W. B. Henning},
  journal={Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies},
  pages={545 - 571}
  • W. Henning
  • Published 1 October 1938
  • Linguistics
  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
A Precious fragment amongst the treasures in the possession of the Preussische Akademie der Wissenschaften in Berlin contains a Sogdian “List of nations” (nāfnāmak), the edition of which I am preparing. Two names, however, call for a special study: (1) denoting a people in the Oxus-region, obviously the inhabitants of Toxāristān, and (2) ‘rkcyk, mentioned immediately after Kāšγar, Khotan, and Kučā. 
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    The present-day name occurs from the end of the tenth century (viz. in the Hudud al-'Alam); it is frequently mentioned by Kasyari; cf. also ^ Ifc uo-ts'i on Bretschneider's map ( = Uc)

      sq.^Buddh. S. 'ps'ny, ps'ny (= gfmy x, foayx> n o t *afsang), mentioned by Pelliot, JA., 1934, i, pp. 30 sq

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          On the other hand, it is generally assumed that in the T'ang period the name of Uc ended in -k

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